Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation is presenting an English play reading Kaifi & I, by Shabana Azmi and Mohammed Ali Baig, on 12th February, at Taj Banjara. This production is written by Javed Akhtar and directed by Ramesh Talwar.
Kaifi And I is a theatrical collage based on the reminiscences of Kaifi Azmi and Shaukat Azmi (father and mother of Shabana Azmi). Scripted by Javed Akhtar, the narrative traces Kaifi and Shaukat’s journey of life. It involves their childhood in Mijwan; their unusual romance culminating in a marriage that lasted 55 years; life in Bombay in the '50s; the Progressive Writer’s Movement; Kaifi’s social and cultural activism; his path-breaking work as a lyricist in Hindi cinema; his fight against life-threatening illness; and their relentless fight to make Mijwan a place of progress.
Kaifi And I is an English version of Kaifi Aur Main, and is also a celebration of Kaifi Azmi’s poetry and his contribution to Indian cinema. Kaifi Azmi had penned several famous verses - including "Tum Itna Kyun Muskuraa Rahe Ho, Kya Gum Hai Jisko Chupa Rahe Ho" from the 1982 film Arth.
The Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation was founded by Mohammed Ali Baig, an advertising wizard, in memory of his father Qadir Ali Baig, who was a doyen of Hindustani theater. It was established in an attempt at revival of theatre, which had lost its sheen in India. The foundation has on board danseuse Vani Ganapathy, artistes Rohini Hattangadi, Suhasini Maniratnam and Urmila Matondkar, lyricist Javed Akhtar and director M S Sathyu.
The foundation not only stages plays regularly every month, but also imparts basic training in all aspects of theatre so that young talent gets nurtured. Begum Razia Qadir Ali Baig, wife of Qadir Ali, is the Chairperson of the foundation, while Sathyu is the National Director and Mohammad Ali is the President.
Entry is by tickets of Rs. 5,000 / Rs. 1,000 / Rs. 500 / Rs. 250 per head, available at AA Hussain's (Abids), Ofen (Road No. 10, Banjara Hills), Walden, Sangeet Sagar & Aircel. Please contact Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation at 98490-66522 for further details.